China to hold postponed parliamentary session starting on May 22

China announced it will hold its previously postponed parliamentary session starting on May 22, in a sign of confidence that the coronavirus crisis is under control.

The National People’s Congress was supposed to be held starting March 5 but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The congress’ standing committee on Wednesday approved the timing of this year’s session, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

About 3,000 members of the largely rubber-stamp parliament usually convene at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to deliberate on laws. But decisions are made beforehand by the Politburo, the Communist Party’s top ruling body.

The legislature has never rejected a proposal put before it.
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The government usually announces an economic growth target at the meeting and lays out the country’s economic objectives.

The meeting will carry extra weight this year, as China’s economy plunged 6.8 per cent in the first quarter, the first time since quarterly records began in 1992, due to coronavirus-related closures. (dpa)

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